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  • Cubs Showing Interest in First Baseman Rhys Hoskins

    Brock Beauchamp

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    Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic are reporting the Cubs might be interested in signing first baseman Rhys Hoskins.

    Hoskins, who will be entering his age 31 season in 2024, missed all of the 2023 season with a torn ACL he suffered in Spring Training. He has a career 125 OPS+ and should he return to form, is one of the more potent bats available in this weak free agents position player class.

    The Cubs have options at first base but if they're truly interested in trading Christopher Morel and do not re-sign Cody Bellinger, first base is wide open. It's unlikely the team will be keen to hand the job to Matt Mervis on Opening Day so it's likely they do some amount of roster shuffling to improve the team at first. Hoskins is probably the best bat and will likely be looking for a short-term contract to reestablish value so the deal makes sense from both sides.

    It should be noted Hoskins is a Boras client.


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    He’s for sure interesting. The healthiest Hoskins was a terrific fit for Cubs. He was a better 1B than generally perceived, a really athletic player in general, and with the low chase, high Iso, flyball offensive approach that really fits. 

    I’ve seen FA comparisons to Bellinger for Cubs, but don’t necessarily believe that will be so important. At least part of the spirit of the Bellinger signing was to “announce” their FA presence, not a priority this year. From that perspective I do think that Hoskins is a worse FA fit than he might have been and, if cap space is really tight, they’ll go in a different direction. I like the Guardians as a fit 



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